Music at Woodmere

Tickets can be purchased online up to 11:59 p.m. the day before event ($22 for non-members; $12 members). Tickets available at the doors an hour before the event. Tickets NOT available by phone. No reserved seating. For more information call 215-247-0476.

Parking is available at Woodmere Art Museum, but space is limited. Please do not park on Bells Mill Rd.

** Pre-purchased tickets only guarantee admission to Music at Woodmere performances. It does not guarantee seating. Seating is first-come, first-served. This winter/spring, food and drinks are limited to the galleries in the historic section of the Museum only due to restrictions by lender of borrowed artworks.

Winter/Spring 2015

Classic Saturdays

5:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine and refreshments served

Tempesta di Mare: Sonatas and Serenades with Karina Schmitz and Simon Martyn-Ellis 
March 14

Tempesta di Mare continues its artist recital series at Woodmere, presenting an exquisite evening of song, dance tunes, and musical virtuosity. Cleveland-based violinist Karina Schmitz and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis perform salon music for violin and romantic guitar sonatas, serenades, and nocturnes. Together these captivating musicians explore the rich culture of performances that took place in fine private soirees and salons all over Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Lyric Fest: Vienna, City of Dreams 
March 28

Lyric Fest celebrates the art of “lieder”, music for solo voice and piano of romantic and lyrical poems by Vienna composers such as Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, and Gustov Mahler. Performers include soprano Erica Miller, Academy of Vocal Arts alum and mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, baritone Randall Scarlata, and Lyric Fest founder and pianist Laura Ward

Leon Bates: Romantic Piano
April 18

Dynamic Philadelphia-based pianist Leon Bates returns to Woodmere with a special program all about love. Enjoy the romantic music of Robert Schaumann and Sergei Rachmaninoff,along with Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and George Gershwin’s Embraceable You.” 


Friday Night Jazz

6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine and refreshments served


Lena Horne: Sophisticated Lady Of Song
March 13

Clear, distinct lyrics and a sensual delivery made Lena Horne tops on everyone’s list. Musicians wanted to work with her, producers wanted to hire her, and the audience wanted to see and hear her. Tonya Lynette will perform favorites like “Stormy Weather,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of This Moment On,” and more.

Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline: Country Goes City
March 20

Get that “country” feeling deep in your bones with music from two Grand Ole Opry legends. The music is plain and straight and goes right to your heart with tunes like “Always On My Mind,” “Crazy,” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

The Coasters and the Drifters: Old School Rhythm and Blues 
March 27

Let’s go “Up on the Roof” with “Charlie Brown.” These two groups made songs come to life with humor and reflection. Come hear classics like “Poison Ivy,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Play It Cool,” “Yakety Yak,” and more.

Bebop: Jazz Gets Hip
April 10

Join us as we burn the jazz highway with stingers like “Salt Peanuts,” “Confirmation,” “Anthropology,” and other fast movers by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker that made bebop stand out as the sound that gave jazz its muscle.

The Keys of Jazz

April 17

Philly’s great pianists Jeff Knoettner and Adam Faulk focus on such legendary jazz pianists as McCoy Tyner, Thelonious Monk, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Oscar Peterson, and others. Hear songs from the jazz songbook, including “Take the A Train,” “Poinciana,” “Blue Monk,” “Cantaloupe Island,” and other standards.

Legendary Jazz Divas
April 24

Join us for a tribute to legendary divas Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. The exciting and passionate voices of Michal Beckham, Jackie Greggs, Paula Johns, and Denise Montana illuminate the evening with tunes like “How High the Moon,” God Bless the Child,” “The Masquerade Is Over,” “The Very Thought of You,” and more.

Sam Cooke: A Change That Came
May 1

“Bring It On Home to (You)” with a tribute to one of the great soul-stirring and power- packed singers of all time, Sam Cooke. The exciting voice of Roy Richardson brings to life Cooke’s signature tunes, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Bring It On Home to Me,” “Another Saturday Night,” “You Send Me,” and more.

Dynamic Duos
May 8

This evening celebrates legendary musical duos: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Ashford and Simpson, Peaches and Herb, and Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Their music comes alive with tunes like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Reunited,” “Endless Love,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore.”

Horace Silver and Lee Morgan: Jazz Gets Funky
May 15

Pianist Adam Faulk, trumpeter Tony Smith, and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble perform the soulful, funky music of piano great Horace Silver and Philly’s own trumpet powerhouse Lee Morgan, including tunes like “Songs for My Father,” “Sidewinder,” and more.

S’Wonderful Gershwin
May 29

Lovers of good, heartfelt music are no strangers to the songbook of George Gershwin. Pianist Dave Posmontier and vocalist Paula Johns take us on a musical journey that ignites fond memories and warm feelings with Gershwin classics such as “Summertime,” “I Got Rhythm,” “I Loves You Porgy,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “The Man I Love,” and more.

A Night of Carole King: It’s Not Too Late
June 5

It’s never too late to dive into the many and varied compositions of this great American songwriter and vocalist. She wrote music for early R&B greats like the Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” she went “Up on the Roof” with the Drifters, and made Aretha Franklin feel like “A Natural Woman.”

Bossa/Flamenco/Salsa: ¡Muy Caliente!
June 12

Giovana and the Latin Grooves Band bring to life the passion and rhythms of Latin music. Built on her Panamanian roots, Giovana’s music is inspired by jazz, Afro-Peruvian, Latin pop, and world music styles. Turn up the heat and enjoy an evening of voice and music fueled by emotions.

Miles Electrified: A Shocking Revelation
June 19

Miles Davis was not afraid of any kind of music. When the electric bug hit him, he went straight at it and shocked many with his ability to deliver a new groove to jazz music. Trumpeter Josh Lawrence and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble put the juice in Davis’s electric. Songs include “Tutu,” “Full Nelson,” “Bitches Brew,” “Amandla,” and other late Davis favorites.


Sponsors and Partners:
A special thank-you to Music at Woodmere’s generous partners: Bowman Properties and WRTI.